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Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester, Dorset, is using the Seaward Apollo 600 PAT tester to help ensure that the highest safety standards are maintained for pupils and staff at all times.

The school has more than 5,000 appliances and items of electrical equipment in use every day in its various rooms and has established rigorous inspection and testing procedures to ensure that all equipment remains safe for use.

To this end, the school uses the multipurpose Seaward Apollo 600 PAT tester, which combines electrical testing with safety data collection features, including an onboard digital camera, as well as its complementary PATGuard 3 software program, to monitor other health and safety conditions across its premises.

At the Thomas Hardye School, formal PAT testing on most equipment is undertaken on a two-year cycle, with those electrical items subject to more demanding and heavier use, such as some science and technology apparatus, being tested annually.

The work is undertaken by the health and safety officer, and all test results are retained in a PC-based record-keeping system used as a management tool for planning the school’s inspection and testing programme in advance.

Key benefits of product application

  • The Seaward Apollo 600 PAT tester helps those involved in maintaining safety in the workplace to demonstrate compliance with all the latest guidance on inspection and testing programmes.
  • It includes all of the electrical safety tests required by the IET Code of Practice to enable duty holders to meet their electrical safety responsibilities in a safe, simple and effective manner.
  • The instrument’s integral digital camera is used take high-quality images of equipment at the same time as user checks or inspections are carried out to demonstrate the evidence and reasoning behind health and safety judgements taken at a particular time.
  • The emergency lighting and fire alarm system checks and assessments included in the PATGuard 3 software enable the school to log inspections and any issues arising that can be flagged up in reports to staff and heads of departments.
  • Kieran Williams, health and safety officer at the Thomas Hardye School, said: ‘The capabilities of the Apollo 600 help us to meet our obligations to providing a safe environment for pupils and staff, not only for electrical testing but for other important health and safety issues where the risk assessment approach is proving particularly useful.’

Seaward Group

The Seaward Group, also including the Clare and Cropico instrumentation brands, is a market leader in the manufacture of electrical safety test equipment to meet the regulatory, quality control and standards compliance needs of a variety of industries.

The Seaward Group, also including the Clare and Cropico instrumentation brands, is a market leader in the manufacture of electrical safety test equipment to meet the regulatory, quality control and standards compliance needs of a variety of industries.

The product range includes the following:

  • PAT testing
  • Installation testing
  • High-voltage testing
  • Production line testing
  • Industrial testing and measurement
  • Microhmmeters
  • Hipot testers
  • Resistance standards
  • Decade boxes

Established in 1982, the Seaward Group provides a range of electrical safety testing and high-accuracy resistance measurement solutions to enable companies and organisations to comply with all types of safety legislation, product standards and quality control requirements.

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